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  • Ted Mittelstaedt

    The problem with colonizing Mars was outlined very simply in the movie Gravity. The energy required to transport a person to Mars is very much greater than simply breeding people there. You would need around 5,000 breeding pairs (married couples) transported to Mars to maintain enough genetic diversity for the population to remain stable in the future. Assuming cost per person is $250k for a one-way ticket that's 2.5 billion dolllars to get them all there. Then likely more billions for shipping food to them. Housing all those people and their children would take a lot of construction materials.

  • EK the greek

    Big reveal :Trump on a one way flight

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  • Weazerdogg

    Send them around the moon ... one toke at a time!

  • LastSecondTakedown

    That would be a difficult thing to sell, I'd imagine. Perks - you get to see the moon...which has nothing at all on it. Cons - no beaches, no mountains, you very well could die traveling to and from there, no oxygen, no diners, no steak.

  • Indie6050

    Are there any estimates on the price of the ticket ?

  • Because


    We can't get to the moon. BFR has yet to be built and Musk is upset with the whole Space X program --that's what's really wrong with him. But if anyone can figure it out it should be someone as smart and determined as Musk. Poor guy spent a lot of money and will spend more.

  • cc-vortex

    BFR? haha, awesome name that 99% of population will never understand :)

  • thinkmore

    The idea of "colonizing" Mars is absurd. The cost to benefit would be terrible and the risks enormous.

  • Joe V

    It's going to be pretty risky. NASA had years of experience in human spaceflight under its belt with Mercury and Gemini before trying to send humans to the moon on Apollo. There is also a lot of complex infrastructure required such as a deep space tracking network, mission control and the recovery forces. It all has to work perfectly the first time and just one little mistake and the human occupant can end up dead and gone forever.

  • Tralfaz Gottrockets

    So, Ralph can finally send Alice?

  • Robert Earnest

    Sounds like someone with a death wish.